Ontario’s 25-MW New Post Creek hydropower project moves forward

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its partner, Coral Rapids Power (CRP), are moving forward with plans to develop a 25 MW hydropower project on New Post Creek in northern Ontario, the province’s Ministry of Energy has announced.

The New Post Creek hydropower plant will include a generating station, dam and powerhouse, with improvements to existing roads and installation of a transmission line also planned.

The Ontario ministry said the New Post Creek project is being assessed under the provincial Environmental Assessment (EA) Act and is subject to the Class EA for Waterpower Projects as a new project on a managed waterway. An environmental assessment is being prepared as required under the Class EA.

CRP is a wholly-owned company of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN), making collaboration with First Nation groups, government agencies and the general public an important collaboration, the developers said.

“This important partnership between Coral Rapids Power and Ontario Power Generation will provide Taykwa Tagamou Nation with a long-term investment opportunity for a sustainable economic base for the community,” TTN chief Linda Job said in a release. “We look forward to working with the Ministry of Energy and OPG on the New Post Creek project, which will also provide benefits to the surrounding municipalities with economic development opportunities and creating employment.”

Construction is expected to begin in 2014, with the New Post Creek hydropower plant coming on line in 2017.

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